Check engine light and vsc lights come on but do not stay on
Used code reader on engine, gave low voltage at oxygen sensor, bank1, sensor 1. The four cylinder engine on this 2004 Highlander has two sensors, one before the cataletic converter and one after. Which sensor is Sensor 1? Any thoughts on why the VSC light also comes and on why the lights come on intermitently?
Re: check engine light and vsc lights come on but do not...
Had something similar with my 2wd 2004. When I first bought the car saw this 1 time in the first 25K miles, but not again until 6 months ago. I now have 94K and all the MIL laps lit up, but it only appread during high speed driving. (50 mph+). After driving around town slower, the lights would go off. (VSC lights, and all would come on). The dealership troubleshot and told me it was a steering position switch (which they said they hadn't seen in a Highlander go bad, but the computer and tech assured me that was the problem. $700 (300 parts, 400 labor).!! I made it clear that it better be the fix. After I got the car they said they drove it and the problem was gone. I took it out on the expressway and the lights came back on. I came back and took the technician for a drive and showed him. He scanned again and found a metal piece stuck in the ABS pick-up in the drivers rear wheel. Removed chunk, reset codes, problem resolved. Dealer swears I had a bad position switch but I don't believe it. The upside is with almost 100K miles, other than oil, 1 set of brakes and i set of tires, thats the only repair on this vehicle.
Also for those that have A/C heat problems, pull the knob off of the heat/cool selector (red/blue) and tighten the nut that holds the potentiometer on, I learned this from another forum and found my loose!
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1991 is pre-OBD2. code readers will not work.
however, all is not lost. Many cars have an alternate way of reading codes from the computer.
Toyota has a block under the hood and you short couple wires together and count engine light flashes
Chrysler you can turn the ignition key on and off a few times and count engine light flashes
in your case for GMs from 1982 to 1995
1: find the 12 pin connector under the dash and short the upper two rightmost terminals.
with the ignition "ON" and engine not running. The system will enter the diagnostic mode. In this mode, the computer will display a Code 12, three consecutive times, by flashing the "CHECK ENGINE", "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" or "MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP" or light. A Code 12 consists of one flash, a short pause, then two flashes in rapid succession.
2:. After Code 12 is displayed, any stored trouble codes will be displayed by flashing the "CHECK ENGINE", "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" or "MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP" light. All codes are displayed 3 times each then a code 12 will repeat. In the diagnostic mode, the computer will also energize all computer controlled relays and solenoids.
Tech -- GM 2 Digit codes for 82 and up (non OBD-II)
code - code definition
12- diagnostic mode
13- 02 sensor or circuit
14- coolant sensor or circuit/ high temp indicated
15- coolant sensor or circuit/ low temp indicated
16- system voltage out of range
19- crankshaft position sensor or circuit
21- throttle position sensor or circuit- voltage high
22- throttle position sensor or circuit- voltage low
23- mixture control (m/c) solenoid or circuit (carbureted models)
23- manifold air temperature (mat) sensor or circuit (1990 and earlier models)
23- intake air temperature (iat) sensor circuit (fuel-injected models)
24- vehicle speed sensor (vss) or circuit
25- manifold air temperature (mat) sensor or circuit - high temperature indicated (1990 and earlier models)
25- intake air temperature (iat) sensor or circuit - high temperature indicated (1991 and later models)
26- quad driver module circuit
27- quad driver module circuit
28- quad driver module circuit
29- quad driver module circuit
31- park/neutral position (pnp) switch circuit
32- baro sensor or circuit (carbureted models)
32- egr circuit (fuel-injected models)
33- manifold absolute pressure (map sensor signal voltage high
33- mass air flow (maf) sensor or circuit - excessive airflow indicated
34- manifold absolute pressure (map) sensor signal voltage low 34- mass air flow (maf) sensor signal - low airflow indicated
35- idle speed control (isc) switch or circuit (shorted) (carbureted models)
35- idle air control (iac) valve/ circuit
38- brake switch circuit
39- torque converter clutch (tcc) circuit
41- no distributor signals to ecm, or faulty ignition module ( carbed models)
41- cylinders select error- mem-cal or ecm problem ( fuel-injected models
41- cam sensor circuit (3.8 engine)
42- bypass or electronic spark timing (est) circuit
43- low voltage at ecm terminal l (carbureted models)
43- knock sensor circuit
44- oxygen sensor or circuit - lean exhaust detected
45- oxygen sensor or circuit - rich exhaust detected
46- power steering pressure switch circuit
48- misfire diagnosis
51- prom, mem-cal or ecm problem
52- calpak or ecm problem
53- egr fault (carbureted models only)
53- system over-voltage (ecm over 17.7 volts)
54- mixture control (m/c) solenoid or circuit (carbureted models)
54- fuel pump circuit (1986 and later models)
55- oxygen sensor circuit or ecm
55- fuel lean monitor (2.2l engine)
61- oxygen sensor signal faulty (possible contaminated sensor)
62- transaxle gear switch signal circuits
63- manifold absolute pressure (map) sensor voltage high (low vacuum detected)
64- manifold absolute pressure (map) sensor voltage low (high vacuum detected)
66- pressure sensor or circuit air conditioning
after replaceingts a oxygen sensor check engine light will stay on for so many miles dissconnect positive side of battery for 40 secounds then hook back up that will reset it but if you have a alarm on radio you may have to put code in it auto parts stores sale something called a ob 2 its the scan tool to pull codes but even if you use it to reset code if code is detected by computer it will come back after so many miles the light will go off give it some time its normal
your o2 sensor is bad. vsc will go on for any small DTC displayed on the MIL (cel)
P0037 LEXUS - Oxygen Sensor Heater Control Circuit Low Bank 1 Sensor 2
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 1 Sensor 2 circuit open shorted to ground - Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 1 Sensor 2 circuit poor electrical connection - Faulty Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 1 Sensor 2 circuit - Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 1 Sensor 2 circuit fuse - Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)
When is the code detected?
The P0037 is set when the ECM detects an excessively low voltage through the heated oxygen sensor heater circuit
P0037 LEXUS Description
Oxygen Sensors (O2S) or Heated Oxygen Sensors (HO2S) need to reach a minimum operating temperature of 750 degrees F to produce an accurate voltage signal. The faster the heated oxygen sensor reaches that temperature the faster the sensor will start sending an accurate signal to the Engine Control Module (ECM).
In order to achieve the require temperature, a heater element is included inside the heated oxygen sensor. The ECM controls the heated oxygen sensor heater element based on signals from the engine coolant temperature and engine load. The ECMcontrols the heater element circuit by allowing current flow to ground.
The ECM monitors the voltage signal received through the heater element circuit and determines the state of the circuit by comparing the voltage detected with the factory specifications.
p0420 is Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)o2 sensors reading are used to check the catif the cat is plugged you will lose powero2 sensor send a voltage signal to the computer 0 to 1 voltsThe o2 upstream of the cat should switch back and forth from 0 to 1 volts, average .450vif voltage stays high engine is running rich (low oxygen)if voltage stays low engine is lean (lots of oxygen)cats have a 8-year 80000-mile warranty
If you have recently filled your tank, release and then tighten your gas cap. VSC check engine lights are often triggered by a loose cap or fouled O2 sensor. If the light stays on for several more days of driving you may need to have a fault code reader plugged in at a service center and the lights reset after determining the cause. Get the details on a printout for future reference and psot back with results
You have to know what code is stored to fix the problem. Toyota's will generally display a Check Engine light, VSC and TRAC light all at the same time, even if it's a simple problem with an oxygen sensor (for example). You can disconnect the negative battery cable for a few minutes, even though you should a scan tool should be used, to clear out the code.